PhD, Sociology, Northeastern University. Researcher at Bureau of Business Research (BBR).
Jeff studies the intersection of the future of work, development and urbanization from a labor-oriented perspective. His dissertation looks at the class formation and spatial decision-making of digital nomads (and other location-independent workers) by charting their novel urban/rural trajectories of mobility and investigating the ways their choice of residence impacted global and local patterns of development and urbanization. He is also a Co-PI on two studies relating to the study of city-image using methods from the computational social sciences: the first utilizes structural topic modeling to study the commodification and marketing of place in the sharing economy; the second investigates the application of computer vision methods to social science inquiries through the study of city image, representations of place and gentrification. At IC2, Jeff’s research looks at cooperative commercial and community organizational models, the sustainable development of rural and remote communities, and how to disrupt exploitation in human and natural systems.
His future research endeavors include publishing his book manuscript, Urban Prospecting: The New Trajectories of Labor and the Making of the Digital Nomad, and starting a second stream of research into new municipalism, sustainable local development, community wealth-building and cooperative models of production. Before coming to UT Austin, Jeff grew up in Metro Detroit, graduated with a BA in Philosophy with concentrations in Political Theory and Media Studies from Michigan State University, and a MA in Sociology from Northeastern University. He spent two years performing national community service as both an AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps member and an AmeriCorps Vista working in community outreach and policy research at Texas Impact in Austin, TX.